The problem you described is caused by a browser hijacking program.
These programs are capable of changing your default webbrowser
startpage, redirecting searches, displaying unwanted pop-ups, adding
toolbars to your browser, etc. Often these trojans or spyware programs
get downloaded when visiting a malicious website with Internet
To remove the specific trojan you mentioned, you can run the following
In order to keap your PC clean of trojans, spyware and adware in
general, it is a good idea to install one or both of the following
Spybot is freeware and a free version of Ad-aware exists for personal
use. Much like an anti-virus these programs allow you to scan your PC
from time to time and specifically remove adware, spyware and certain
trojans. Spybot also has the ability to immunize your PC against
hundreds of known malicious programs. A scanner will stay resident in
the system memory when you surf and will alert you if a browser
hijacking is attempted.
This combo should block just about any trojan if you keep them up to
date and run them regularly. Nevertheless, here are some alternatives:
This nifty program prevents spyware ActiveX controls from being
installed on your computer by setting your system so that these
controls are prevented from being installed or run. It also blocks
cookies from certain websites or companies that are known to use these
cookies to track a user's surfing habits.
SpywareGuard runs behind the scenes to block spyware from being
downloaded or run on your computer. It also has the ability to prevent
browser hijacking (whether it is your start page or your ability to
search using a search engine or otherwise).
Ideally, these programs are combined with a good anti-virus. If you're
looking for a free version, you might want to try the freeware version
Besides viruses and worms, AVG also detects and removes trojans.
Finally, you might want to consider trying a different web browser.
Internet Explorer is very susceptible to these type of take-over
attempts, as it allows the execution of Active-X components of
webpages (unless if you explicitly disable them). This way, you may
download and execute malicious programs without knowing it. Browsers
such as Mozilla Firefox are usually more resiliant to such attacks:
An extensive list of freeware addware/spyware/trojan/hijacker removing
software can be found here:
Hope this helps,
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